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Gameday: Canes Looking to Snap Skid

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 12:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Gameday: Canes Looking to Snap Skid
A month ago, the Canes came away pleased with the effort and the result against Philadelphia, and they want more of the same tonight.
The message following a 3-2 overtime loss on opening night to Detroit was that the effort was present despite the result.

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Two days later, the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1, seeing tangible results from a similar effort.

Likewise, the Canes were rather pleased with their overall game in New York on Saturday night, as the team put forth arguably its strongest first period of the season but couldn’t find a way to grab a lead. The effort was present despite the result.

Tonight, the Hurricanes again face the Flyers.

“Our situation … is just really focusing on ourselves. I thought we had a really strong game in New York,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “Looking at the last game and the way we came out, shows me that the guys are working and focused and that they care.”

“We just want to come out tonight and play the game right. We all know the system and what we have to do. We just have to come out, play hard and work hard,” forward Jiri Tlusty said. “Everything else will fall into place.”

Since that Oct. 6 meeting in Raleigh between these two teams, the Canes have yet to win another home game, though they did collect points in two others. They’re also looking to snap a five-game losing streak.

“Something has to break, whether it’s offensive opportunities or … a goal here or taking the lead for the first time, anything like that will happen if we focus on the details of the game,” Muller said.

The Flyers, meanwhile, have dropped two of their last three games, the most memorable of which is their 7-0 loss to Washington that featured an ugly line brawl in the third period.

“It’s easy to get frustrated and lose your discipline,” Muller said. “But I don’t think there’s a frustration part on our guys that way. I think they’re just trying to stay focused on doing all the little things in the game. I think they believe that it’s a good hockey team. We showed that at the end of camp and the beginning of the season.”

In the first meeting between these two teams, Radek Dvorak netted what proved to be the game-winner, as he roofed a fortuitous bounce created by Jeff Skinner’s aggressive forecheck. Dvorak will reenter the lineup tonight on the fourth line after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

Tlusty has been reunited on the first line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, after Muller and the coaching staff experimented with Jordan Staal centering his brother and Semin for a game. Offensive contribution, especially considering the team has managed just five goals in its last five games, from this trio would be ideal, but Muller said the Canes can’t lean on three guys to carry the load.

“I don’t think we want to say if Eric’s line doesn’t score tonight, we don’t win. I think we have to go back to being consistent in terms of our lines,” he said. “We’re going to get through this with 20 guys.”

“One bounce will break the ice,” Tlusty said. “Things can change really fast, so we just have to come out and lead the way in the right direction.”

Ultimately, the Canes want to see tangible results from their effort, just as they did a month ago against the same team, and a collective effort could produce some unlikely heroes.

“Maybe it’s Ruutu that’s the hero tonight. Maybe it’s Patty Dwyer. Maybe it’s Hainsey,” Muller said. “They’ve got to come out of this together.”



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45